THE LASSITUDE DUSK.

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Dear Gayathri,

I hope you are doing great there. How is your class going on? Thought to write you only after receiving reply for the last letter. But I can't hold on! I just don't know why, I want to meet you deadly! I have got something ( a secret ) to tell you in face-to-face. Only you can console me and give me strength! May be this will be the last letter Iam writing for you dear.

With Love

Indutty

Gayathri's hands shivered while reading the letters, as they carried Indu's scent. The very last letter which cannot be received by hand in time!


The very first day in school Gayathri noticed Indu, in a tiny white froke, looking very simple and serene and innocent, at the verge of sobbing! Gayathri took Indu's soft arms in her hands and said, " Hai, Iam Gayathri. You?"
Watching Indu's perplexity, Gayathri put her hands on Indu's shoulder and consoled her, "Hey dear, don't worry. We are friends. Your mother will come soon to get you back home. Let us go for class now. Please tell me your name."
"Indu", just a word from Indu and they walked to their first class room, 1B. Since then they were best friends, sharing and caring for each other, understanding each other and compromising each other.
Gayathri was strong in mind than Indu and Indu was soft in heart than Gayathri. Gayathri was frank, but Indu was reserved. Gayathri sang well and Indu listened quitely.

Gayathri got the train to Kolkata. She was seated comfortably and she took the letter from her bag to feel her soul mate again and again.

In the school, none could find Gayathri without Indu or Indu without Gayathri. Everything in the universe had became their topics of talk. That was Gayathri, who discovered the very elegant writer in Indu. Gayathri forced her to participate in every writing competitions and she always tried to bring her up. Indu had been a mental support for Gayathri to take any decision and both had such a deep faith in each other. Years passed away as seasons withered away quickly! Both of them found it very difficult to bid bye during the farewell day. For the long 12 years they shared moments for a whole life time. Both were in short of words while writing the autograph books.
Gayathri scribbled, ' God loves me through you'.
Indu wrote, 'Live life with no regrets. I won't forget the First day of our meeting!'

Gayathri managed to get the lunch from the train and went into a deep sleep. She got up by a song sung by a lady carrying a baby, for meeting her livelihood. Gayathri felt satisfied when she could extend the lady a coin of Rs.2.

Time pulled them apart to two extreme poles. Gayathri's family moved to Kolkata following her father's promotion transfer and she joined an engineering college there. Indu joined for B.A. Malayalam in a college near her home. Even though both of them got many new friends in new atmosphere, none could replace Indu from Gayathri's heart and Gayathri from Indu's heart. Every moment, their friendship remained as fresh and fervid as old childhood days.

Gayathri didn't took her eyes from the passing railway track, as she was buried in the memories of sweet by gone days.

Letters were the only means of communication between them. Whatever happened, how much busy they were, no matter, they wrote letters each other without omitting any incidents of their life!

Dear Indutty,

How are you? Iam going pretty good here. Don't worry about your assignment, you can do it. I'll pray for you dear. Really Iam missing you lot. Here things are going better. You know something, Iam in love!. His name is Deepak, a handsome honest guy. His father talked with my parents and our marriage will be there after our course. As you said, our family problems had lessened and things are going smooth. I'll write about Deepak in detail in next letter as I don't have time now (it's already 12.30am) and I've got much to write about him, our 1st meeting and all!
Love you dear Indutty.
With hugs and kisses,
Gayathri.

Dear Gayathri,
Iam missing you lot. Last day i missed you very much in college, when I feared  that  would happen. There was nobody to help me and I ran to home and didn't go for afternoon session's class. Your prayers rescued me, I submitted the assignment and Iam the one who got full marks for that! I know dear, you and your prayers are always with me. Convey my regards to Deepak. I'll be there for your marriage before 5 days itself! Day before yesterday some blood came from my nose and I fainted. When I came to conscious, I was in hospital. Doctor said that some more check-ups will be needed in the following weeks. Whatever, Iam gonna rock for the arts festivel by the next month, in our college! Convey my regards to amma, appa and Deepak.
With hugs, kisses and prayers

Your Indutty.

This was the last letter Gayathri received from Indu. For the next two months there were no any letters, cards or any information fom Indu. Gayathri didn't reply Indu for the last letter, as she had planned to spend her semester break with Indu, as a surprise for her. Gayathri got the train to Indu's home with a craving heart to meet her ever best friend.

Gayathri's heart throbbed very fast to hug Indu, when she opens the door, while she was knocking it. Indu's mother, Shanti, opened the door and greeted Gayathri with a dull face. She was asked to be seated while Shanti was preparing tea for her. Gayathri went through the magazines that got scattered over the table. Gayathri was surprised at Shanti's behaviour! She thought that, Shanti didn't get her, due to her changed physical appearance over the last few years. Gayathri was in 12th, when Shanti saw her last time.

Gayathri's eyes ran over the wall pictures of the sitting room and the last photo frightened her. She saw Indu's foto decorated with a beautiful garland.!She felt dryness in throat and difficult to take breath. Unknowingly a drop of tear shed from her eyes.
She couldn't speak out at the sight of Shanti, with a cup of tea in one hand and a letter in the other.Gayathri found it diffifcult to drink tea, as it got stuck in the throat.

Gayathri's hands shivered while reading the letter, as it had the scent of her soul mate. The very last letter which could not be posted!

Shanti told her that, Indu was suffering from blood cancer and she desired to meet Gayathri deadly during her last time!

Dear Gayathri,

I hope you are doing great there. How is your class going on? Thought to write you only after receiving reply for the last letter. But I can't hold on! I just don't know why, I want to meet you deadly! I have got something ( a secret ) to tell you in face-to-face. Only you can console me and give me strength! May be this will be the last letter Iam writing for you dear.

With Love

Indutty


Gayathri's eyes had puffed due to sobbing when she climbed down the train at Kolakata. The lassitude dusk was owing for a loud wail...

 



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Comment on this post

Hermionie 03/25/2010 06:41


thanks for your comment.i know that ther is nothing new in the content, as this is from a common life situation!i will search for new subjects,ofcourse, while iam writing now onwards..!once again
thank you for your genuine comment!


jaseem 03/24/2010 10:35


keep posting .........style of narration is interesting eventhough nothing new in the content.....go on writinig ...it will sharpen the style of narratrion.....
also find new subjects....(ente parimithamaaya vaayanakalkkum arivukalkkum ullil ninnu kodulla abhipraayam maathram)